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by E.Gough Whitlam

  • Author: E.Gough Whitlam
  • ISBN: 014070079X
  • ISBN13: 978-0140700794
  • ePub: 1544 kb | FB2: 1916 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Politics & Government
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (June 28, 1979)
  • Pages: 208
  • Rating: 4.2/5
  • Votes: 383
  • Format: lit txt mbr lrf
The Truth of the Matter ePub download

Whitlam’s wit, also, is in fact possibly the highlight of the book - some wickedly funny observations on Sir John. That in itself brings the truth to the matter.

On Remembrance Day, 1975, the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, sacked the Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam. Whitlam’s wit, also, is in fact possibly the highlight of the book - some wickedly funny observations on Sir John. Jul 09, 2019 Rowan Rafferty rated it it was amazing. I still maintain the rage and continue to rail against the abuse of our democracy.

Gough Whitlam AC QC was born in Melbourne in 1916, and educated in Sydney and Canberra. A barrister by profession, he entered Federal Parliament as the Labor MP for Werriwa in 1952. He led the ALP to victory in the 1972 federal election, and his government's many reforms included ending Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War, abolishing university fees, and introducing Medibank and no-fault divorce.

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Gough Whitlam’s own historical, and historiographical interpretation of the events of November 1975, while bias, set about a precedent for fueling the post-dismissal debate. His first book, ‘The Truth of the Matter’ is radical, mainstream, moderate and ‘in-your-face’. The Essay on Books Were an Important Part of Life in the Late 18th Century.

Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC (/ˈɡɒf ˈwɪtləm/; 11 July 1916 – 21 October 2014) was the 21st Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 1972 to 1975

Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC (/ˈɡɒf ˈwɪtləm/; 11 July 1916 – 21 October 2014) was the 21st Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 1972 to 1975. The Leader of the Labor Party from 1967 to 1977, Whitlam led his party to power for the first time in 23 years at the 1972 election. He won the 1974 election before being controversially dismissed by the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, at the climax of the 1975 Australian constitutional crisis.

Gough Whitlam (11 July 1916 – 21 October 2014) Australian politician and 21st Prime Minister of Australia (1972–1975). Well may we say "God save the Queen", because nothing will save the Governor-General!

Gough Whitlam (11 July 1916 – 21 October 2014) Australian politician and 21st Prime Minister of Australia (1972–1975)

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Whitlam ended his nation’s colonial servility. He abolished Royal patronage, moved Australia towards the Non-Aligned Movement, supported zones of peace and opposed nuclear weapons testing. Although not regarded as on the left of the Labor Party, Whitlam was a maverick social democrat of principle, pride and propriety. He believed that a foreign power should not control his country's resources and dictate its economic and foreign policies.

John Pilger: In 1975 prime minister Gough Whitlam, who has died this week, dared to try to assert his country’s autonomy. The CIA and MI6 made sure he paid the price. Across the media and political establishment in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister Gough Whitlam. His achievements are recognised, if grudgingly, his mistakes noted in false sorrow. But a critical reason for his extraordinary political demise will, they hope, be buried with him. Australia briefly became an independent state during the Whitlam years, 1972-75.

Buridora
In 1975 Australia had a constitutional crisis. In 1972 after some 23 years out of power a left wing labour government was elected to power. Because of the way the upper house in Australia was elected at the time the conservative party dominated that chamber.
In 1974 Australia was affected by the high inflation and falling demand levels which were occuring throughout the Westen World. The conservatives in the Senate forced the Labour party to an election in 1974 which they won. The Senate still remained in conservative hands.
In 1975 as the economic position of the country got worse the conservatives thought that they would have another shot. The supply bill was deferred and the conservative leader thought Whitlam the Labour leader would be forced to an election again. Whitlam had other ideas and decided to plunge on without supply, that is the legal ability to spend tax revenue. The country drifted into a crisis.
Whitlam thought that if he could tough it out the conservatives would change their vote in the Senate and his popularity would go through the roof. Instead the Governor General a former judge with a love of alcohol John Kerr sacked Whitlam and installed Fraser the conservative leader. Kerr wrote a book defending his actions called Matters for Judgement. It was a work of mind blowing tedium that was immediately remaindered.
This book is Whitlams side of the story and in reality it is now dated as the crisis is so remote from most peoples memory. However it is full of his usual wit and it is a savage attack on John Kerr taking frankly about his drinking and his many bad qualities.
The reality is that Kerr is now dead and Whitlams book although enertaining is a bit partisan. Kelly has written what is the definative book on the crisis called 1975 which is the best thing to read.
DABY
The first reviewer in this list has a very skewed view of Australian History and the significance of what happened to Whitlam. I was young at the time so I will not attempt to make any defence of the competence or otherwise of the Whitlam Government. Certainly, there were those in the Ministry who had simply been out of Government for far too long and perhaps, had forgotten how to govern.

However, the 'facts of the matter' are, despite the first reviewers obviously conservative view that;

The Governor General of Australia (elected by no-one and representative of a foriegn monarch) did not act on the advice of his Prime Minister which remains a well established convention. The Queen of the United Kingdom would be held to account if she dared to speak against the British Government of the day, such is the seriousness with which this is viewed.

Secondly, two State Premiers defied another long held convention and did not replace casual Senate vacancies with members of the same party - they were conservative politions (the State Premiers).

Thirdly, Whitlam returned to the House of Representatives after he was dismissed whereupon a vote of no confidence was passed in the 'caretaker' Prime Minister - Conservative Fraser.

The Speaker of the House was asked to convey this to the Governor General so that, once again, following convention of the Westminster System and it's derivatives (Australia's Government is often referred to as 'Wash-Minster' because Australia is a Federation and the system has elements of both the U.S. and Westminster Systems) the party who could command a majority in the House of Representatives could be commissioned to form a ministry. The Governor General, for whatever reason, REFUSED to see the Speaker until after the caretaker PM, who could not command a majority had had time to return and request a dissolution of parliament.

So, despite any alleged bias on the part of E.G. Whitlam in the book under review, the Whitlam Government was 'manouvered' out of office by manipulation of the Australian Constitution by the conservative parties.

Whitlam himself was demonstrated to have always followed convention as far as the parliament is concerned and he was taken advantage of by both the Governor General and the conservatives who could not stomach the thought of not being in power after 23 years of uninterrupted rule, maintained as at present through fear (communists under the bed) and doing precisely nothing to develop the country other than riding on the sheeps back.

I have no truck with either party personally but commend the book to anyone interested in Australian Politics as one viewpoint of a critical time in the nations history. Because of 1975 the Australian transition to a Republic is inevitable and I would encourage the reading of other volumes on the subject as well, including the one by Sir John Kerr so a balanced opinion can be formed from both books.

Those who might think the action was justified might consider that it is no coincidence that Whitlam and Fraser now agree almost entirely on every aspect of government policy and are both staunch critics of the current government even though it is the same party as Fraser.
Negal
This may be Whitlam's personal account of events but it is as factual an assessment of what actually happened as that of 'My Life' by Bill Clinton. In short this is a personal diatribe of vitriol from one man who, 30 years on, still maintains the rage against a conservative opposition who would dare precipitate a constitutional crisis over the actions of one individual who is as contemptuous of the democratic process today as ever.

Conveniently, the other reviewer of this book, whilst mentioning that Whitlam decided to "tough out" the senate blocking supply, fails to point out that this is actually a breach of parliamentary procedure of the highest order and also fails to mention that to facilitate the hang tough strategy, Whitlam organised a loan (illegally) with a pakistani con-man to the tune of $US4 billion dollars so that he could implement his progressive social reform agenda.

The only thing out of date about this book is this reviewer's claim that the book is irrelevent as the recent election in Australia would suggest. With political "son of Whitlam", Mark Latham, running his election campagn very firmly off the back of a Whitlamite agenda, the Australian electorate (apparently not as myopic as some would assume) delivered the balance of power in the senate into conservative hands for the first time since Whitlam's dissmissal almost 30 years ago.

This book (despite the 1-star) is actually worth reading for those who have their doubts that the US is the only place where left-wing politicians and political agendas can convince themselves they are the majority party whilst suffering defeat after defeat after defeat.
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